My experiences in random instances and raids in WoW has been pretty positive recently. I’ve been in groups with some people who weren’t good players but haven’t seen any of the type of bad behaviour that makes for amusing blog posts. That’s a good thing, although sad for the blog posts.
Still, here are a couple of PUG stories.
The instance is “Gate of the Setting Sun”, set on a wall-top garrison that is under siege by the mantid hordes. My group had been competent but silent, making our way through the various trash and boss spawns in a business like way.
Then we get to the section (shown above) where the soldiers are trying to fight through enemy ranks so that they can light a signal fire to raise the alert. One NPC offers to try to run the gauntlet.
Suddenly one of my group pipes up on group chat: He was going to retire in two weeks time
Another player adds: And his girlfriend is pregnant
Then someone else adds: they just got engaged to be married
And that was it for group communication for the whole of the instance. I like to think everyone found it as engaging as I did.
Apparently anti-magic shield prevents magic
In another group, LFR this time, I was healing in a fight where there are a lot of enemies, and several of the mobs can buff all the NPC to make them do more damage (Wind Lord Mel’jarak). So it’s down to healers (and anyone else) to debuff them, and priests have an AE debuff which makes them quite handy in this fight.
Anyhow, after the first wipe, the tanks were complaining about lazy priests because the debuff hadn’t been dispelled. I thought this was odd because I knew I’d been casting it and seen it not taking. Then I realised both the tanks were death knights, which means they both had an AE anti magic shield which had probably been covering the NPCs as well as the players.
“It will work better if you don’t put up anti magic shield,” I said.
There was silence. We killed him next try. (Note: I don’t know for sure that I was right, but I think it’s quite likely.)